Welcome to the future of healthcare in Asia.
ACCESS Health launched Health Futures in China and Singapore in 2017 with the goal of bringing together individuals and organizations around a shared vision of healthcare transformation that is patient centered, connected, high quality, affordable, and accessible. Since then, we have been inspired by the commitment of our partners from industry, academia, and other ‘connectors,’ who have readily embraced this vision and are eager to surge ahead on patient centered, connected care.
Why we launched Health Futures in Singapore
ACCESS Health Singapore has particular interest in disease burdens and health systems transformation in Southeast Asia.
Disease burden in ASEAN member countries varies widely by economic development and geography. Developed countries such as Singapore have largely controlled their burden of infectious diseases and are now focused on mitigating the financial and societal costs associated with an aging population and the rising incidence of noncommunicable chronic diseases. Emerging markets in ASEAN are faced with the double burden of still-high rates of infectious diseases while also addressing rising rates of noncommunicable chronic diseases.
Acute care systems remain important for treating infectious diseases and advanced-stage noncommunicable chronic diseases. As countries grapple with increasing chronic disease burdens while seeking to improve the screening and rapid response frameworks for combatting pandemic diseases, there is a corresponding urgency for patient centered, connected models of care that deliver quality and value. This necessitates innovative funding and payment solutions to bring affordable healthcare to more people across the region.
The call for a coordinated ASEAN approach to addressing noncommunicable chronic diseases has been oft-repeated over the years. In 2013, ASEAN ministers called for a multi-sector approach to fighting noncommunicable diseases. When the Philippines Department of Health hosted a conference on noncommunicable diseases in November 2017 as part of the Philippines Chairmanship of ASEAN that year, the Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, stated that, “We need to bring all sectors and stakeholders together and harness the comparative advantages of all parties in order to sufficiently address noncommunicable diseases and the promotion of healthy lifestyle[s].” The challenge remains in bridging publically identified health sector needs with private sector solutions, in ways that are accessible and affordable.
Healthcare of the future, including delivery and financing models, will largely be driven by partnerships across sectors and across industries, with technology enabling more equitable access to care.
The Health Futures network serves as a catalyst and ecosystem of people, organizations, sectors, and approaches focused on high quality models of connected care that truly put patients at the center.
In January, we launched the Health Futures Startup Alliance. We work with startups whose founders, and products, we believe will make a difference in the health of populations and that have sound business strategies. We connect Startup Alliance members with healthcare industry leaders who are mentors in the Health Futures Mentors Network, promote their company through our exclusive networking events and public events, and connect them with potential partners to grow their business. To date, we have recruited almost three hundred mentors across Greater China and Singapore.
Our work to date
So far, we’ve hosted three events with SGInnovate exploring how deep technology will disrupt future health systems, as well as strategies to manage conflicts related to its deployment and integration within health systems. All three of these events focused not only on technology but also featured in-depth discussions on the regulatory environment, ethical considerations, and evolving roles in health provision and management.
The Blockchain in Healthcare event in January welcomed speakers from Microsoft, National University Hospital, and LumenLab to discuss how blockchain could be beneficial in health systems, and what steps need to be taken for blockchain to become a widespread technology in healthcare delivery systems and payment systems.
The AI in Genomics event in March brought speakers together from the National University of Singapore, Complete Genomics Inc., National Cancer Centre Singapore, A*STAR’s Exploit Technologies, and Intel. The speakers shared how artificial intelligence and machine learning is being used to revolutionize genetic data analysis and enabling precision medicine.
In May, we hosted speakers from Allianz, Cisco, Microsoft, and SingHealth for a robust dialogue at a Health Data Security and Privacy event. With data security and privacy being front and center in the news, the discussion on protecting patients was timely and vigorous.
All three events demonstrated the immense interest and potential for technology to be a conduit for data to empower patients and better equipping national health systems to care for populations in connected, holistic ways.
We look forward to offering high quality events with SGInnovate and our industry partners in 2018 and beyond.